Anti-Labor Group's New Report Doesn't Actually "Report" Anything

June 09, 2009 10:03 am ET — Matt Finkelstein

While conservative groups struggle to paint labor unions as the bad guys, they're the ones opposing a bill that would increase wages and benefits, help revive the middle class, and restore workers' rights.

The anti-labor Workforce Fairness Institute (WFI) is set to release a new report on the Employee Free Choice Act today. According to The Hill, the report concludes that the bill would give unions too much money to spend on political activity:

Unions would stand to gain an additional $320 million to spend on political activities in the next decade, according to a report put together by the anti-EFCA Workforce Fairness Institute (WFI).

 "EFCA's passage into law could generate billions of additional dollars for unions to spend on political activity to advance their agenda," a WFI memo says. [...]

As Media Matters Action Network has previously noted, WFI is a corporate front group founded by "several longtime Republican operatives" and funded by anti-worker CEO's.  So, obviously, their "report" should be taken with a grain of salt. 

However, it's not really remarkable that the Employee Free Choice Act would lead to more union revenues. An increase in union membership (and dues) is one side-effect of making it easier for workers to organize, which of course, is the point of the bill. "It's not an issue of [unions] benefiting," one union official told The Hill. "It really is just this question about having the freedom to form a union...EFCA fixes a problem."

Indeed, the current system is full of problems. Workers attempting to organize have to worry about losing their jobs, and even if they succeed in forming a union, employers can stall or refuse to bargain in good faith. And while conservative groups struggle to paint labor unions as the bad guys, they're the ones opposing a bill that would increase wages and benefits, help revive the middle class, and restore workers' rights.

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